I'm still waiting to hear if Apple has been able to find thousands of photos that are missing from my iCloud account. I was supposed to hear on Wednesday; maybe today will be the day. In the meantime, I'm taking photos on my phone but iCloud is turned off, so they aren't transferring to my laptop.
In the meantime, I could be droning on here without any photos, but what fun would that be for anyone? But it could come to that, so be warned.